If you don’t want to wait for the G4 to officially release, you might be able to snag one a little early thanks to LG’s new Consumer Experience Program. The program will give away 4,000 of the company’s 2015 handsets to customers in several different countries to test drive the phone ahead of its actual release. Read more
With the Galaxy S6 global release just a few days away, Samsung is preparing their theme store for the phone so users will have a few different options to spice up their phones on launch day.
The S6 offers a handful of themes already, but the theme should be populated with a few more on April 10th. There’s plenty of diversity in what Samsung is offering, including some darker themes to take advantage of the AMOLED display of the S6 and S6 Edge, but there are also a few more colorful, flashy themes, if that’s your thing. Read more
Google’s latest project will be to help users and home maintenance workers connect with each other easier through search results. This service is expected to be announced later this year during the company’s annual advertising summit, and will give handymen special links like the search engine does with flights, hotel rooms, and other products. You can bet that’ll get worked into Google Now at some point, too. Read more
Samsung has posted their first quarter earnings guidance, and like everyone expected, it’s more of the same. The company isn’t breaking any records with their profits, but they’re also not failing. Q1 sales are sitting around 47 trillion Korean won, and operating profit is around 5.9 trillion won. Both of these numbers are substantial decreases from their performance in 2014. Read more
Twitter has taken the wraps off of a new system for quoting tweets that makes it a little easier to add your own comment to others’ tweets. With the current quoting system, the contents of a tweet are literally “quoted” and posted to your followers. For longer tweets that hit that 140 character limit, that doesn’t really leave you much room to say anything. Read more
Recently, two smartphone customers filed a class action lawsuit against Google claiming that they were artificially driving up the price of smartphones by forcing Android OEMs to use Google apps as the default on their devices. This made it harder for a company to rely on Bing or Yahoo! Mail instead of Google and Gmail. Kind of a tough argument to prove, but the suit was filed anyway. Read more
Amazon’s latest update to their Echo device brings support for a handful of new services that are a welcome addition. Pandora support is now completely native to the device, so you’ll be able to talk to Echo to create stations or play and pause music. Prior to this update, you’d have to start music on a smartphone or tablet, then stream it through Echo.
Music lovers aren’t the only ones getting new features with this update, though. Major league baseball and major league soccer are both coming to the device, so you’ll be able to quickly get scores or ask when games are. Read more
Verizon and Samsung have finally gotten around to pushing out the Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4, and hopefully all of the bugs that have been plaguing other Samsung devices have been stomped out.
In addition to bringing all of the updates Google introduced in Lollipop to Samsung’s phablet, you’ll also see support for Verizon’s VoLTE, plus Material Design aesthetics to most of Samsung’s interface and apps. S Health is getting three new widgets, and a new Galaxy Gifts link has been introduced in one of Samsung’s integrated widgets. Read more
Waiting for that Lollipop update on your first generation Moto X, Moto E, or Moto G? Well, bad news is that the standard Lollipop 5.0 update isn’t happening. The good news? Motorola’s skipping 5.0 completely and updating those three devices to Android 5.1. It makes sense for Motorola to do this instead of wasting a ton of effort getting the phones upgraded to an already obsolete OS.
While Motorola is definitely working on making those updates happen, no word on when it’ll happen. Hopefully sooner, rather than later, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more. Read more
Microsoft’s own Office Lens app is one of their most popular apps on the Windows Phone store (although it doesn’t have much competition), and they’re finally getting around to bringing the useful scanner app to other platforms. Read more